It sounds like the DC Extended Universe just got a MASSIVE shot in the arm. Dwayne Johnson, also known around Hollywood as franchise viagra (and for good reason), has received his own film. The studio’s made the smart decision to have him headline an upcoming feature as Black Adam rather than just have him appear as the character in Shazam, which was the original plan. Word on the street is that they intend to get things into motion pretty quickly and now, we may know why.
Initial reports pointed to Johnson making a cameo in an upcoming DC movie to introduce him to audiences before he gets his own solo outing. While there’s no confirmation just yet from Warner Bros. on where he’ll show up, The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit thinks it might be in James Wan’s Aquaman, which will swim into theaters on October 5th, 2018 and may just “blow people’s minds.” Kit doesn’t say how the character will be involved, but like we mentioned above, it’ll probably be a quick cameo to get audiences familiar with him before the Black Adam film arrives.
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Most likely, this means that the character will also be crossing paths with the other Justice League members as well, which is hugely exciting. Just imagine seeing him alongside Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and the rest of the gang on screen – it’ll no doubt be absolutely explosive and we’re sure that the studio will be using him quite frequently in the years to come.
Of course, whether or not Johnson can truly save the DC Extended Universe remains to be seen, but bringing him in in such a large capacity is a big step in the right direction. It sounds like he’ll have a fair amount of creative control as well, which definitely bodes well for how Black Adam will be portrayed in the upcoming films. Though it’s still too early to say for sure how this will all play out, hearing about Warner Bros.’ new plans certainly has us a bit more optimistic for the future of the DCEU.
Tell us, are you happy to learn that Johnson will be getting his own film? And how do you think he’ll factor into Aquaman? Sound off in the comments section and let us know!